Education in Canada is known for its provincial curriculums. As a matter of fact, each province develops its own education program and students can easily transfer nationally.
The EICC applies the Alberta Education curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The Alberta Education curriculum which is widely recognized and ranks amongst the top educational systems in the world. In order to maintain high education standards and achievement, students take provincial achievement tests in grade 3, 6 and 9 to evaluate grade-level standards and expectations. Students in Grade 12 write provincial examinations in core subject areas to qualify for an Alberta High School Diploma. This internationally recognized diploma permits students’ entry into universities and colleges across the world.
In addition to the evaluation standards, the Alberta curriculum is implements strategies to increase students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills by promoting Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) which is a process where students are involved in their learning, formulate questions, investigate widely and then build new understandings, meanings and knowledge” (Focus on Inquiry, 2004, p.1). IBL is an educational approach that involves administrators, teachers, students and parents in a culture of inquiry – a component of all Alberta Education curricula. These Alberta curriculum learning and evaluation strategies resulted in the Alberta students ranking significantly above the Canadian average, knowing that Canada, academically, consistently ranks high in the international student achievement test in Reading, Math and science.